Center for Early Learning Professionals

Center for Early Learning Professionals

Pandemic Retention Bonus Update from DHS

Application Window 10 will be the final round for bonuses.

Because we want all allocated funds for this project to be disbursed to all eligible early educators and to be fair to all eligible applicants, this window will operate differently than previous windows.

What’s the same?

  • The application requirements and process (Part 1- Eligibility Form, and Part 2- Full application on Grants Connect) will remain the same.
  • Eligible applicants must be employed at their program on or before March 1, 2024.
  • The link to the Eligibility Form (Part 1 of the application) will be posted on Funding Opportunities- Children’s Cabinet ( on July 1, 2024, and will be emailed directly to previous awardees and employers.


What’s different?

  •  This application window is NOT first come, first served. After reviewing all received applications, all awards/payments will be issued at one time, following the close of the window.
  •  This will allow for all allocated funds for this initiative to be evenly disbursed. Rather than a defined award of $750, we will divide the total remaining allocated funds for this project by the total number of approved educators. The payment for Window 10 will depend on the number of approved educators. This way, every approved educator will receive an award without the fear of funds ‘running out’.
  •   The application window will be open from July 1, 2024 – July 12, 2024. It is a shorter window to expedite the disbursement of funds. We expect all funds to be disbursed by the end of July 2024.

If you have any additional questions, please contact or 833-930-3540 for assistance in English and Spanish.


Jul 01 2024


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